A Tennessee woman has been charged with stabbing a man to death during sex at a motel on Saturday.
Christina Nicole Walker, 32, is suspected of fatally stabbing a 44-year-old man in a room at the HomeTowne Studios motel in Nashville, Tennessee, according to a statement from the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department. Police issued a criminal homicide warrant for Walker on Saturday morning before locating her in an apartment that evening.
According to an affidavit obtained by Newsweek. He had been stabbed multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A witness told officers that Walker stayed at the motel for a short time. The victim had arrived on Friday to “hang out” and “possibly solicit sex” with Walker and the witness. The witness declined to participate, but Walker reportedly agreed.
“During a sexual act, the defendant became angry, grabbed a knife and attacked the victim, killing her,” the affidavit reads.
The witness attempted to arrest Walker, but fled after the alleged killer allegedly “tried to cut [her].”
A second witness told police he knew Walker and went to see her after the first witness told her what had happened.
He told officers that “he observed the defendant, covered in blood with ‘a demonic look’ on her face”.
Walker then attempted to get into the vehicle of a third witness, who found out what she had done and asked her to leave the car, which she did. All three witnesses independently identified Walker as a suspect.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in five women and one in seven men nationwide report having experienced severe physical violence from an intimate partner. US crime data also suggests that one in five homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner, with half of female victims being killed by a current or former male intimate partner.
Survivors of domestic violence can suffer not only physical injuries, but also long-term health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, reproductive problems and nervous system problems. According to a study by British researchers in 2020, women who suffer from domestic violence are more likely to die from any cause. Survivors may additionally suffer from depression and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Intimate partner violence also has a high cost to society as a whole. The lifetime economic cost associated with medical services, lost work, criminal justice and other expenses was $3.6 million, according to a CDC estimate. The cost over the lifetime of a victim was $103,767 for women and $23,414 for men.